Photography & Video Photography

Behind the scenes at the Los Angeles Times Comic-Con photo studio

When meetings started for our 2017 San Diego Comic-Con coverage, Hero Complex editor Meredith Woerner and I agreed we wanted to try something new. We decided to use some modern technology and have fun with an iPhone 7 Plus and Instagram’s Boomerang app.

Actors Kyle MacLachlan, Naomi Watts and Tim Ross from the television series "Twin Peaks," create a David Lynch-esque scene.
Actors Kyle MacLachlan, Naomi Watts and Tim Ross from the television series "Twin Peaks," create a David Lynch-esque scene. (Photos by Kent Nishimura / For The Times)

I played with the app leading up to Comic-Con and knew I wanted to have props that moved, helping accentuate the effects of the program – recording an action and then playing it in reverse. Confetti, both the paper and metallic variety, were a must-have; followed by horns with tinsel and a variety of party blowers. I also went with some novelty glasses, which were a safe route for people not wanting to be covered in sparkling confetti.

Los Angeles Times photographer Jay L. Clendenin and actor Kyle MacLachlan laugh at the final cut.
Los Angeles Times photographer Jay L. Clendenin and actor Kyle MacLachlan laugh at the final cut.

The bar was set high by “Twin Peaks” stars Kyle MacLachlan, Naomi Watts and Tim Roth knowing exactly how to make a David Lynch-esque recording, implementing a party blower, confetti and wild movement. By the end of our final day, my head (and the floor), was covered with sparkling confetti and people knew which studio was having the most fun. A variety of the Boomerangs are posted on my Instagram @jlcvisuals.

Actors Joseph Gilgun and Dominic Cooper from the television series "Preacher" get into the moment.
Actors Joseph Gilgun and Dominic Cooper from the television series "Preacher" get into the moment.
The Black Eyed Peas join the fun.
The Black Eyed Peas join the fun.
Actor Elijah Wood from the television series "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" is almost obliterated by confetti.
Actor Elijah Wood from the television series "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" is almost obliterated by confetti.
Director Taika Waititi, actor Karl Urban, actress Cate Blanchett, actor Chris Hemsworth and actor Jeff Goldblum from the film "Thor: Ragnarok" were up to the challenge.
Director Taika Waititi, actor Karl Urban, actress Cate Blanchett, actor Chris Hemsworth and actor Jeff Goldblum from the film "Thor: Ragnarok" were up to the challenge.
The whole group gets into the act.
The whole group gets into the act.
Jay L. Clendenin at rest... finally.
Jay L. Clendenin at rest... finally. (Kent Nishimura / For The Times)

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